It's simply amazing that after running for more than 30 years on a
high level and more than 100 marathons to your credit, you still
have this enthusiasm and excitement about running.
In your posting you said that it is very important to develop love
towards running to achieve your goal, which I feel is so true.
Even if you reach your goal by hook or crook, you will lose the joy
of running after some time; but if you develop love for running,
then it becomes a very dear friend, with whom you can enjoy many
delightful and fulfilling moments.
Thank you for all the running encouragement and the race prayer
Happy training and see you at the race
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com
> Hello Olaf and others interested in marathons,
> I am glad you read my Boston Marathon story. Olaf, when I was your
> age the qualifying time for the Boston Marathon was sub 2hour 50
> minutes. Luckily, back then I was in great shape and easily
> qualified a number of years. Now the standards are much easier,
> and I feel that you easily have the capacity to run a sub 3:10 and
> even sub 3:00 hour marathon. You seem like a much faster and
> better built runner than I ever was.
> So for you and anyone who is interested in a faster marathon, I
> suggest that you do 3 things immediately:
> 1. Run short races
> 2. Develop Love for your goal
> 3. Create or follow a good training program
> First, find as many shorter races, like 2 mile, 5K, 10K, 15K, 20K,
> half marathon, etc. that you can fit into your schedule, usually
> on weekends. I feel and have personally experienced this to be the
> best way to gain racing speed and a psychological edge for the
> marathon race. Of course, you should space them out so as to
> recover properly from each one.
> This will also help you to develop a love of racing. Without love,
> in any field of endeavor, we cannot reach our true potential. Love
> your goal as well as your journey and you will not fail. Sooner or
> later love conquers all obstacles. Do not try to run fast or
> achieve anything because you feel you have to prove anything to
> anyone, or that you have to do it for someone else. Develop a love
> for it and you will put much more effort, time and energy into it.
> Visualise your goal time with love and joy, not fear, and it will
> come to you more quickly and easliy.
> Sri Chinmoy taught me this in many ways, which I will relate some
> other time. But ever since the first time I broke the 3 hour
> marathon barrier with his encouragement, which seemed impossible
> to me for years, I was able to run sub 3 hour marathons 45 times
> including sub 2:50, 8 times.
> This is not bragging. It is a clear demonstration of how Sri
> Chinmoy's philosophy can manifest even through running and other
> dynamic physical activities. I am sure the English Channel
> swimmers, triathletes, bikers, etc. have all had similar
> Finally, a training program that you can follow, however loosely,
> will help you discipline your running in a structured way. You
> will be more able to conquer some of the psychological and
> physical barriers that stand in your way if you have a good plan
> to follow. A personal coach is ideal for that, but if you cannot
> get one, then be your own coach by having a scheduled plan to
> For some great information and inspiration with all of these
> helpful hints, including a training schedule, please check out my
> marathon training Program called '7 Steps To A Successful
> Marathon' on our website.
> Gratefully still running, however slowly,
> --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, olaf_hamburg7
> <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > [From Olaf in Germany]
> > Hello Arpan,
> > nice story! I just got inspired to check out the Boston Marathon
> > website and realized that I have to run a fast Marathon this
> > August, so that I can join you next April in Boston. The
> > qualifying time for my age group (18-34) is 3:10h.
> > Also, I just ran a marathon myself yesterday with a new personal
> > best of 3:13 in Dortmund, Germany. I need to train more
> > seriously until summer to increase the performance on August
> > 25th.
> > Thanks for your inspiration to run and train more regularly.
> > Hope I will join you next year in Boston and perhaps for another
> > concert by your friend Kristin.
> > Have a nice time
> > Olaf
> > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, arpan_deangelo
> > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > > Serendipity, or spiritual destiny?
> > >
> > > This unlikely event occurred when I was struggling through a
> > > very hot and hilly marathon race in Boston, Massachussetts
> > > last Monday, April 19. Even though I have had many, many years
> > > of marathon experiences, they never seem to get any easier.
> > > This one was particularly difficult because of the
> > > unseasonable heat. It was 80 degrees F or 28 C at the start
> > > and then went up to 86F or 30 C during the race, which started
> > > at noon.
> > >
> > > This is my favorite marathon of all, except for the recent
> > > establishment of the Self-Transcendence Marathon held the past
> > > two Augusts. The Boston Marathon is now in its 108th year! It
> > > is the oldest annual marathon ever, and it truly is a classic
> > > event. I would encourage any enthusiastic marathon runner to
> > > look it up at:
> > >
> > > http://www.bostonmarathon.org/
> > >
> > > to see what it takes to qualify for this April classic. I
> > > would love to talk more about the marathon itself, but I wish
> > > to get to my story:
> > >
> > > I was not having a good race mainly because of the heat--which
> > > came out of the blue (so to speak). We had just been through
> > > the coldest winter in 25 years. The spring has been quite
> > > chilly and wet also, so we were not acclimatized to the
> > > summerlike weather conditions for such a long race. I decided
> > > to run slower than planned, which was slower than I usually
> > > run a marathon anyway. I find that slower is usually harder
> > > for me, but I had no choice in this case. I would walk through
> > > the water stations every mile to cool down and hydrate well. I
> > > definitely did not feel like talking to anyone, as I was
> > > solely focused on surviving this race.
> > >
> > > There were almost 20,000 people running this race, so the road
> > > was quite crowded the whole way at the pace I was running. Ten
> > > miles into the race, for some strong and strange reason I
> > > noticed two young women ahead of me, about in their mid
> > > twenties, running together. I did not know them at all--in
> > > fact I did not know any of the runners, except for three women
> > > from the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, whom I could not find.
> > >
> > > I saw the letters 'NYC' writen in ink on the arm of one of the
> > > women, and for some strong and innocent inner reason, I caught
> > > up to them and asked if they were from New York City.
> > >
> > > It's kind of nice to see people from your hometown when you
> > > are far away in another city, so I said I live in Queens. They
> > > told me that they live in Manhattan and I immediatley thought
> > > of a friend of mine who lives there and sings regularly at a
> > > cafe in Greenwich Village. They did not know of her, but when
> > > I told them where she lives one of the women said, "We also
> > > live on that street."
> > >
> > > Manhattan is a big place with almost 2 million people, so it
> > > seemed like an incredible coincidence that these two perfect
> > > strangers in a crowd of 20,000 would live on the same street
> > > as the only person I wanted to tell them about.
> > >
> > > Then I told them the address of her apartment buiilding and
> > > they shockingly said, "We also live in that building." Wow!
> > > This was becoming too much to believe, but there is more.
> > >
> > > I told the women that my very good singer friend lives on the
> > > first floor in the right wing or hallway. They too live in
> > > that very hallway. At this point I felt they could be pulling
> > > my leg, or kidding me, for those that may not know that idiom.
> > > Since my legs were hurting at that point, leg pulling would
> > > have done me good.
> > >
> > > All kidding aside, I told them that a daughter of a certain
> > > famous person lives in that hallway, and they knew who it was
> > > because they live right across the hall from her. Now I knew
> > > they were not kidding, and I realized that this serendipitous
> > > experience was probably meant to be for whatever reasons on a
> > > psychic or spiritual plane.
> > >
> > > I have been bragging about my singer friend for a number of
> > > years because I feel that she not only is extremely talented
> > > as a folk/pop/spiritual singer, but her music has a real
> > > seeking quality to it. It also is original music which
> > > expresses her own consciousness and personality which is full
> > > of light, love and peace. I tell just about everyone I know
> > > about her, but I never thought of approaching two strangers in
> > > the middle of a huge and crowded marathon while struggling to
> > > survive, to talk about my singer friend who just happens to
> > > live across the hallway in a huge city 300 miles away from
> > > where we serendipitously meet. They never heard of her or saw
> > > her perform, but now here we are strangers in a distant and
> > > crowded marathon and I introduce them to their next door
> > > neighbor.
> > >
> > > So you try to figure that one out. But in the meantime, my
> > > friend Kristin just signed with a very big record label and is
> > > working on a new album. I have to say (since I know all the
> > > songs so far that will be on it) that it's the best music of
> > > its kind to come around in years.
> > >
> > > The new album probably will not be ready until September, but
> > > her previous music is great also, though not widely
> > > distributed yet. She has performed at Sri Chinmoy Centre, and
> > > everyone thinks very highly of her. I will be going to see her
> > > in concert soon, and if you'd like to go too, please contact
> > > me by email for details. One night and one night only, the
> > > incredibly talented saxophonist Premik will be accompanying
> > > her!
> > >
> > > It's fun to share the inspiration of such a talented
> > > individual and friend.
> > >
> > > Gratefully,
> > > Arpan